Lieut. William Fitzsimons

Lieut. William Fitzsimons (HM1J0K)

Location: Burlington, KS 66839 Coffey County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 12.337', W 95° 44.375'

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The First To Fall

In Memory of
First Lieutenant
William T. Fitzsimons, M.D.
1889 - 1917

Born in Burlington on April 18, 1889, Dr. Fitzsimons spent his childhood here, then graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1912.
Shortly after World War I broke out in 1914, he volunteered his services to the Allied cause and spent a year treating casualties in England and Belgium. When the United States officially entered the conflict, he returned to active duty with the Army Medical Reserve Corps.
Just a few weeks later - on September 7, 1917 - Dr. Fitzsimons was killed during a German air attack on his field hospital in France, making him the first American officer killed in action in World War I.
Dr. Fitzsimons was buried in France.
HM NumberHM1J0K
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Date Added Sunday, February 1st, 2015 at 9:02pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 260123 N 4232177
Decimal Degrees38.20561667, -95.73958333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 12.337', W 95° 44.375'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 12' 20.22" N, 95° 44' 22.5" W
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Area Code(s)620
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1101-1171 Wilson St, Burlington KS 66839, US
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